2021-08-12 E-Edition


Planners OK restaurant at ex-Baker’s site

Applicants now will head to zoning board to request liquor license

The planning commission unanimously endorsed a proposal that paves the way for a restaurant to be established at the former Baker’s Pharmacy building. The application by Marla Romash to open Our Table at 53 Narragansett Ave. was conditionally approved by the commissioners at their Aug. 4 meeting. They also recommended that the zoning board approve a special-use permit that would […]

Foolish regatta returns Saturday

A past winner of Newport Life Magazine’s best regatta award will return this weekend after the 2020 edition was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Fools’ Rules Regatta will set sail Saturday at the East Ferry waterfront overlooking the Newport Pell Bridge. The quirky tradition, which has a rain date of Aug. 15, tasks participants with constructing seagoing vessels […]

McKee makes plea to unvaccinated

Gov. Dan McKee has three words for unvaccinated Rhode Island residents that he reiterated during his press conference Tuesday: It is time. “Vaccinations are the key,” he said. “If you haven’t already, it is time to get vaccinated. It is time. Please do your part.” McKee’s plea follows a fifth consecutive week in which Rhode Island recorded an increased number […]


Council to talk short-term leases

The town council will meet in person Monday for the first time since March 16, 2020. Sixteen months of virtual meetings came to an end when an executive order by Gov. Dan McKee expired July 23. The action relaxed the Open Meetings Act to allow remote sessions in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. While masks are […]

Council needs to establish rules for short-term rentals

To the editor: As a full-time resident of Jamestown, and a person who herself owns a vacation rental property (in Vermont), I wholeheartedly support the idea of a set of strict guidelines for those who offer short-term rentals in town. The proposed ordinance, as outlined in The Jamestown Press, has some unusual characteristics to it. I think the threshhold for […]

Unsure what the ‘big myth’ is regarding voter fraud

To the editor: I’m writing to rebut a viewpoint by John Micek, in the July 22 issue of The Jamestown Press. The writer makes several accusatory statements, but curiously omits specifics. Accordingly, we’ve been admonished for not being scared or swallowing the “Big Myth?” What myth is that? This fact, for one, is incontestable — the U.S. Census Bureau’s own […]

Work at Fort Wetherill has left long strip of mud

To the editor: Have you noticed driving down Fort Wetherill Road, the first thing you see, now that the foliage is gone, are twin portable toilets and a parking lot. This is how the people responsible for the removal of all the brush have ‘beautified’ the area. Now that the brushwhacker, backhoe and trucks have left the park, park users […]